End To 'Do Nothing' Approach To Parking Welcomed By Polegate MP

Monday 27th March 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Double Yellow Lines

Plans to enforce on-street parking in Polegate and Alfriston are being welcomed by the MP.

Maria Caulfield is applauding the decision to change the ‘do-nothing’ policy at car parks in Wealden, which will see the District Council work with the County Council to find a way to enforce the rules. 

This will not change the free parking policy in existing town and village car parks, but seeks to see changes to parking in town centres, where off-street parking is unacceptable to the public.

These changes were deemed necessary since Sussex Police- who are responsible for on-street parking in Wealden, had made it clear that they would no longer enforce it.

Maria said, “In towns like Polegate and villages like Alfriston, parking enforcement has been a major issue for many years. Cars have blatantly flouted parking restrictions because of lack of enforcement causing traffic congestion a lack of parking for residents trying to use local businesses. I am glad to hear that this problem is finally being addressed. It is archaic that our town centres are still subject to a lack of parking measures.

“Our high streets have been challenged in the last few years as shopping experiences change, and as our high streets are the centres of our communities, the current lack of parking enforcement can only be bad for our town centres.”

Wealden District Council has been working with towns and parishes to try to encourage motorists to obey parking rules by using posters and warning tickets.  This has had a positive short term effect, but it is not a long term solution. A further report by the Wealden Cabinet is expected later this year.

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